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    Masterful Mac 'n' Cheese

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    55 mins

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    35 mins

    Sharon123's Note:

    From the Sneaky Chef cookbook by Missy Chase Lapine. She says this is a nutritionally enhanced version of her stepmother's delicious recipe from Finland.

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    Crunchy Topping Variation

    • 1 cup whole grain cereal flake (like Wheaties or Total)
    • 1/4 cup wheat germ, unsweetened
    • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons butter, diced into small pieces (or use Smart Balance)


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375*F.
    2. 2
      Butter a 9" square baking pan.
    3. 3
      Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package directions, until firm and slightly undercooked(8-10 minutes). Drain and set aside.
    4. 4
      In a large bowl, whisk the milk with the oange puree and salt.(and white puree if using-if using both use 1/4 cup each). Put half the macaroni into the baking pan and top with half colby(or cheddar) cheese.
    5. 5
      Next, layer with the rest of the macaroni, then pour the milk mixture over the top, finishing with the last of the cheese on top.
    6. 6
      If using Crunchy Topping Variation, use a rolling pin to gently crush cereal in a sealed plastic bag. Or, you can quickly pulse the cereal in a food processor. Add wheat germ and Parmesan to the bag and shake to mix.
    7. 7
      Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of macaroni and cheese and dot with butter.
    8. 8
      Bake 30-35 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 18, 2010


      This is one of the few times that I wasn't making a mac & cheese casserole for a neighbor couple ~ This one was just for the 2 of us! Really enjoyed the inclusion of your 'orange puree' here, as it really adds a great touch! Even included the crunchy topping for a very memorable mac & cheese! Needless to say, it's a keeper! [Made & reviewed for this month's VIP in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap 20]

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    Nutritional Facts for Masterful Mac 'n' Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (890 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 580.2
    Calories from Fat 265
    Total Fat 29.5 g
    Saturated Fat 17.8 g
    Cholesterol 83.9 mg
    Sodium 759.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 52.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 1.3 g
    Protein 26.5 g

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